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Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.

Homepage: http://oneinjesus.info

The bad news

One more point. There’s an obvious temptation to rely on God’s grace to sin. (Don’t tell me the thought didn’t cross your mind as you read this post.) There are two serious problems with that attitude.

The first is that this is exactly the attitude that gets people damned. God’s patience is not unlimited.

The second is that sin…

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Losing the ability to repent

So how is this good news? Well, look once more at Heb 6:4-6. Nowhere does it say God will not forgive. Rather, it says the person who falls away will not repent. “It is impossible … to restore them again to repentance.”

But what if someone is saved, then turns his back on Jesus and lives…

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Hebrews 6

To many, this sounds a lot like God refusing to forgive us, even if we ask. But that’s not the point. Stick with me.

(Heb 6:4-6 ESV)  4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,  5 and have tasted the…

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One of the most challenging passages in all of scripture is Heb 6:4-6 —

(Heb 6:4-6 ESV) 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who…

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Growing up in the Churches of Christ, I well remember being taught about “grace.” Grace meant that God would forgive our sins at baptism. We had to first hear, believe, repent, and confess. But if we did all five steps, then our sins would be forgiven. Our slate would be wiped clean. We’d get an entirely fresh start.

But after…

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Back in 1999, N.T. (Tom) Wright wrote The Meal Jesus Gave Us: Understanding Holy Communion. The book is scheduled for re-release in expanded form September 2015. It’s an excellent book written at a level suitable for study in a new member’s class. Appropriately, it’s…

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The resurrection is a big topic, and I’ve hardly exhausted it. Hopefully, I’ve shown that it matters both theologically and practically. It affects how we think of the church and how we live as Christians.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in Bible class when someone argued against this or that good work on the theory that “It’s…

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The thief on the cross

I guess the most common remaining question I get on this material is based on —

(Luk 23:42-43 NAS)  42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”  43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

There really are two closely related…

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Why is it that so many song leaders insist on leading songs with bad music? You’d think that worship leaders, of all people, would understand the importance of beauty in the melody and the arrangement. But in the Churches of Christ, we’ve adopted a form of Greek dualism, treating the words of the song as holy and important to God,…

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God speaks to us about heaven and judgment and the Second Coming in metaphors. The goal of this brief series has been to get the metaphors right — at least, closer to right than our usual readings. But of necessity, when it comes to the next age, the scriptures don’t answer every single question we wonder about. Our brains just aren’t…

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